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    Mardi Gras Satire....


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     luvnola says the satirical parades put on by the Krewes of Chaos and Muses 'are two of New Orleans residents' favorite parades.' The organizations keep their themes a secret until the day of the parades.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer


    Thursday night, satire reigned in the streets as the Krewes of Chaos and Muses paraded along the traditional Uptown route. The theme of both parades, which is kept a secret until parade time, is always satirical. Satire is an important aspect of Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans dating back to the earliest organizations. Nothing or no one is off limits when it comes to these two satirical parades.  The satire ranged from the BP oil spill to Osama bin Ladin, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landreau, the police chief, governor Bobby Jindal and even Sarah Palin was thrown into the mix as the “grizzly momma”. Other satire included healthcare, border control, migrant workers, taxes, and the LA state budget, just to name a few.

    The Krewe of Chaos presents the sort of wit and old school Momus style mockery and satire which makes for the perfect parade theme.

    The Muses are the Greek goddesses who presided over the arts and sciences. They were believed to inspire artists, especially poets, philosophers, and musicians. In Greek mythology the Muses are the daughters of Zeus. The Krewe of Muses is an all female Krewe and is known for its unique, non-traditional mardi gras throws such as “mirrors, shoes, combs, purses and other fun “girlie goodies”. Their most coveted throw is their glittered shoes.

    Last night’s parades kick off six straight days of parading, leading up to what some say will be one of the largest Fat Tuesdays in recent history.

    Peace Out America...


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